Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 1523

Species Dama dama (Linnaeus, 1758)

Fallow Deer

Generic Combinations

  • Dama dama (Linnaeus, 1758).




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Introduced from UK.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gawler (GAW), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Australian Capital Territory
    • New South Wales: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal
    • Queensland: Murray-Darling basin, NE coastal
    • South Australia: Murray-Darling basin, S Gulfs, SE coastal
    • Tasmania
    • Victoria: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal

Ecological Descriptors

Folivore, gregarious, herbivore, open forest, temperate, terrestrial, tussock grassland.


General References

Anderson, R. 1978. Gold on Four Feet.Commercial deer farming: a new rural industry of outstanding potential. Collingwood : R. Anderson & Assoc. 160 pp.

Anderson, R. 1979. Deer farming in Australia. Proceedings of the Post-graduate Committee of Veterinary Science University of Sydney 49: 55-71

Bentley, A. 1978. An Introduction to the Deer of Australia with Special Reference to Victoria. Melbourne : R.A. Manning for the Koetong Trust Service Fund, Forests Comm., Vic. 350 pp.

Bentley, A. 1995. Fallow Deer Dama dama. pp. 732-733 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Bentley, A. 1998. An Introduction to the Deer of Australia. Melbourne : Australian Deer Research Foundation.

Chapman, D. & Chapman, N. 1975. Fallow Deer: their history, distribution and biology. Lavenham : Terence Dalton 271 pp.

Chapman, D. & Chapman, N. 1997. Fallow Deer. Machynlleth, Powys : Coch-Y-Bonddu Books.

Chapman, N.G. & Chapman, D.I. 1980. The distribution of fallow deer: a worldwide review. Mammal Review 10: 61-138

Corbet, G.B. & Hill, J.E. 1980. A World List of Mammalian Species. London : British Museum viii 226 pp.

English, A.W. 1979. Veterinary aspects of deer farming in New South Wales. Proceedings of the Post-graduate Committee of Veterinary Science University of Sydney 49: 127-202-1 pl.

Geist, V. 1999. Deer of the World. Shrewsbury : Swan Hill Press.

Haltenorth, T. 1963. Klassifikation der Säugetiere: Artiodactyla. Handbuch der Zoologie Berlin 8(teil 1, lfg. 32): 1-167 pls 1-16

Heidemann, G. 1973. Zur Biologie des Damwildes (Cervus dama Linné, 1758). Mammalia Depicta 9: 1-95 1 pl.

Hickman, G.C. 1981. National mammal guides: a review of references to Recent faunas. Mammal Review 11: 53-85 (taxonomic arrangement and extralimital synonymy)

Keep, J.M. 1979. The distribution of wild deer in Australia. Proceedings of the Post-graduate Committee of Veterinary Science University of Sydney 49: 15-19 1 pl.

Long, J.L. 1972. Introduced birds and mammals in Western Australia. Agricultural Protection Board Western Australia Technical Service 1: 1-30

Moriarty, A. 2004. Ecology and environmntal impact of Javan Rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) in the Royal National Park. PhD thesis, Sydney : University of Western Sydney.

Moriarty, A. 2004. The liberation, distribution and management of wild deer in Australia. Wildlife Research 31: 291-299

Mulley, R. 2007. Reproductive management of fallow deer. pp. 952-965 in Youngquist, R.S. & Threlfall, W.R. (eds). Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology. St Louis : Elsevier.

Whitehead, G.K. 1972. Deer of the World. London : Constable xii 194 pp. 33 pls.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Dec-2010 16-Oct-2013 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)